Date: 18/08/2010 17:52
Hi, everyone, The lady who will be making the waistcoats for the band will be attending Victory Hall from 7pm on Tuesday 31 August to take your measurements. Would those who can be there by 7pm please do so, as the more that can be done before the rehearsal starts, the less disruption there will be to the rehearsal.
Sent: 18 August 2010 6:31 PM
What waistcoats? When did the band decide that was going to be our uniform? I must have missed that rehearsal as that can't be a committee decision
Date: Wednesday, 18 August, 2010, 20:21
Sorry Geoff I'm sure it's not down to you, but:
As I remember it was only talked about with no agreement as to what we would go for. Last time anyone spoke to me it was being suggested that we went for mess jackets. What colour are these waistcoats going to be? Why haven't the band been shown pictures of the design? It's not right that we work all summer to raise funds only to see them spent without a word. Whoever arranged for this woman to come should cancel and talk to the whole band first. At ******* we're coming up with the designs/colours, etc. for a polo shirt at committee level and then offering a choice for the band to decide on. Buying a new instrument is one thing, deciding what the band wears for the next xx years that's a band decision, afterall we're not sponsered and have to live with their choice.
From: jim parr
Sent: 19 August 2010 7:55 AM
This shows a very poor sense of priorities. As a band, we have come under sustained, consistent criticism at competitions and, having been relegated, we have shot straight down to the bottom of third section. All the evidence is that this criticism is justified. ALL our resources - personal, musical, financial, absolutely everything - should be devoted to improving this lamentable state of affairs. The money which is being spent on uniforms would be far better spent on buying in guest trainers/conductors, or booking the Victory Hall for some extra rehearsals. Our priority should be music, not dressing up like a bunch of tin soldiers. I'm sorry to be blunt, but I feel strongly about this. And I agree with Chris and Keith, although I recall some vague mention of this, I am surprised to learn of this decision. Had I known of it, I would have expressed the same reservations I have just set out.
I like the sense of priorities implicit in our current uniform - "listen to us, don't look at us". The uniform we have is smart, simple and gives a clear message that we have more important things to do than dressing up. Don't we?
Sent: Thu, 19 Aug 2010 8:44
I must also say that this "waistcoat" situation is the first I have heard of it, and replicate the views of Keith Chris and Jim! I have been a founder member of the band and have commited to putting NWB first, I am upset and slightly disappointed that this has not put to the band "players" in anyway - other than MENTIONED at an AGM.I think this should be a discussion at band and include everyones views and opinions. Not happy the way this has been done and agree that the Lady coming on the 31st should be cancelled until we, as a band, come to a conclusion.
Nicola and Sandra (Butler)